Saturday, February 05, 2011

Whatever You Do, Don't Get Labeled With The "P" Word

Colbert King, columnist for the Washington Post, writes in sadness about celebrating MLK day while the black family is still in shambles. He links to his 2008 column where he cried out about the same exact thing. He also links to the website of the DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy where they post a map superimposing juvenile arrests upon teen births. It looks like this.

There's an obvious correlation, but that's just the way it goes, I guess. Let's turn on Two and a Half Men and take our minds off the problem.

Colbert draws all of the right conclusions, but can't bring himself to make the crucial last step. He tries to thread the needle, talking about responsibility without demanding an end to our culture of self-gratification. He won't advocate for a return to traditional morality and traditional values. He won't use the word "sin" or "immoral" or anything else that might get him labeled as the worst kind of pariah.

A prude.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Less education, more superstition. That's what I say.

K T Cat said...

What a strange comment. Clearly you're trying to snark at the concept I blogged about, but even the most cursory glance at the data shows that your position is completely wrong. Sex education in schools has increased dramatically over the past 50 years while religion in schools has gone way down. It's not even remotely arguable. The results have been a clear failure.

K T Cat said...

You know, if you want to argue from a personal freedom point of view, that has merit, but to claim that we need more education and less "superstition" doesn't work even at the most basic level.

If you want to make the personal freedom argument, I'm fine with that as long as you're willing to accept responsibility for the results.

Denita said...

Call me a prude if you want. You can also call me a virgin(which I am). Proud of it, too.(BTW I'm 48 yr old)